The Northwest Arkansas Council has a strong relationship with the University of Arkansas and that's allowed us to partner with the university to evaluate and track the region's performance in key areas.

The State of the Northwest Arkansas Region Report, first published in 2011 and commissioned by the Council, compares Northwest Arkansas with peer regions across the U.S. Those peers include outstanding places such as Austin, Texas; Madison, Wisconsin; Des Moines, Iowa; Raleigh, North Carolina; and Durham-Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The Council chose those peers because it wanted to compare Northwest Arkansas to the best of the best in such areas as employment growth, educational attainment, personal income and the cost of homeownership.

The Council also works with the Office for Education Policy at the University of Arkansas to publish an annual Northwest Arkansas Education Report Card in the early part of the year. The report provides information about the educational performance of our local school districts. It compares Northwest Arkansas with key school districts across the U.S., demonstrating that people who do relocate to this region have great school options for their children.